Family finance, Family matters, Family relationships, Financial matters


This article reviews research regarding economic influences on a variety of family matters published in Journal of Family and Economic Issues from 2010 to 2019. As finances permeate nearly every facet of everyday life, scholarly research related to finances and family issues has spanned a wide array of topics. We briefly review research focused on the following 11 areas related to finances and family matters: (a) family formation decisions, (b) gender and relational power in family finances and relationships, (c) finances and fathers, (d) finances and mothers, (e) finances and parenting, (f) finances and elderly family members, (g) finances and couple relationships, (h) supporting family members financially, (i) how economic policy affects family, (j) economic roots of migration by family members, and (k) family financial socialization. As we enter a new decade, emphasis to directions for future research is given and integrated throughout. Recommendations specific to each of these topics are integrated into the discussion of the topic. Additional and more general recommendations for future research are offered as we conclude our review.

Original Publication Citation

Kelley, H. H., LeBaron, A. B., & Hill, E. J. (2021). Family matters: Decade review from Journal of Family and Economic Issues. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 42, 20–33.

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Springer Science+Business Media




Family, Home, and Social Sciences


Family Life

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Assistant Professor

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